By Michael Torres
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2,” directed by Francis Lawrence, is the much anticipated film of the season and the conclusion to Suzanne Collins’ book trilogy.
Unlike “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” this movie provides audiences with action. However, the amount of action in the film falls short and leaves moviegoers with unsatisfied expectations.
The film opens with a nurse inspecting Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) neck after she was almost murdered by a brainwashed Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). The incident occurs shortly after a special rescue team saves Peeta from the Capitol in part 1.
After meeting with Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), president of District 13, Katniss persuades Coin to send her to District 2 to assist in its efforts to neutralize the Capitol’s weapons supply and persuade the loyalists to join it in the rebellion.
The further the rebels get to the Capitol, it becomes seemingly harder to persuade district civilians to join the rebellion.
During her efforts to dissuade loyalists in fighting, Katniss is shot and reawakes in District 13. After recovering, she decides that President Snow (Donald Sutherland) must die and volunteers to kill him.
After Coin declines Katniss’ request, Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) hears about Katniss’ voluntary assassination and informs her of an aircraft leaving for the Capitol, where an all-out assault is being planned by Commander Paylor (Patina Miller).
Katniss sneaks aboard the aircraft and is assigned to Squad 451, which is lead by Boggs (Mahershala Ali). Squad 451 also consists of: Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Peeta Mellark.
President Snow is aware of the rebels’ plans to infiltrate the Capitol and sets traps, also known as pods, similar to those used in the Hunger Games to prolong their entry into the city.
While traveling through the city, the squad triggers different pods, which leads to the deaths of a couple members of the group.
In an effort to avoid setting up future pods, Katniss and the surviving squad members venture through the Capitol’s sewers to avoid the pods, but genetically engineered creatures later ambush them. In this scene, a prominent character meets his or her end and doesn’t make it out of the Capitol’s sewers.
The remaining survivors of Squad 451 are able to escape peacekeepers that await them on the surface and take refuge in a shop owned by Tigris (Eugenie Bondurant), a former Hunger Games stylist.
Katniss is ultimately allowed the opportunity to kill President Snow but is faced with difficult a decision that will impact her future and the future of Panem.
Unlike “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” this movie contains a multitude of action sequences and thematic material, which intensifies the audiences’ attachment to the characters.
Although the film is action filled, there are many scenes that are unnecessary to the plot and make the movie longer than it needed to be.
Like all films in this series, Jennifer Lawrence’s acting is delightful, and it adds the plot.
Despite the amount of action and the brilliance of Lawrence’s acting, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” fails to deliver but is an overall adequate motion picture.
The film is rated PG-13 for its violence and action.
“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” is in theaters now.
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‘Mockingjay, Part 2’
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